Locale

Locale

Locale is an Italian influenced neighbourhood cafe in Newstead we happened to drop by while hunting for breakfast one rainy morning. With its bright red and white signboard beckoning, we ducked in to get out of the drizzle and warm up to start a busy day.

Locale

Locale

The space looked set up as part cafe, part shop and part demonstration school. The display window of cakes and sandwiches was crowned with cookie jars and faced out front overlooking Commercial Road. The order counter sat snuggly next to the display window, almost like a take-out window.

Inside was dry (an important factor at the time) and my eye was diverted to the myraid of wares on display. Everything reminded me of quaint homeliness that was both sweet and charming.

The space was also obviously set up to host demonstration classes. The SO pointed out its oven and stove area right beside a long tall bench area, where a crew of older gentlemen were chatting away over coffee.

Locale

Locale

Locale

As tempted as I was by the Italian chocolate on the menu, I thought I’d be good and get a coffee – a skinny latte. How pedestrian, right? The coffee at Locale is not too bad, though a tad too weak from too much milk.

Locale

Spinach and mushroom arancina. AUD$5

Locale

I wasn’t wow-ed by my spinach and mushroom arancina. The bread crumbed exterior was a little sandy, but the rice was warm and the plump grains held together without being stodgy. The centre was the motherload of oozy lava-like mozarella (big plus, as long as you’re patient and don’t burn your tongue in eagerness to dig in), but the mushroom was scarce and spinach appeared non-existent.

There was a few spinach leaves on the slice of bread, that had olive oil drizzled over it, but much of it was limp and looked a bit too sad to eat.

Locale

Toast with avocado and tomato. AUD$5.50. Added salmon. AUD$2

The SO added salmon to his toast with avocado and tomato, which for an additional AUD$2 isn’t too bad at all. Creamy avocado was generously heaped on crisp toasted bread with fresh tomato and while I couldn’t see it, I could taste olive oil, making this a really refreshing and wholesome breakfast. And at $5.50 for 2 slices, it’s value for money.

We noted other tables dining on this too, so this is definitely the go-to dish on the menu.

Service was provided by two – one of whom I am almost certain is the owner, as he was routinely greeted by those who seemed like regulars. The personal touch from owners at their own establishment is never a bad thing.

 

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